Dis­trict 1 fo­rum April 10 at Ch­e­sa­peake

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WYE MILLS — The six can­di­dates from both ma­jor par­ties seek­ing Mary­land’s 1st Dis­trict Con­gres­sional seat will take part in a fo­rum at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege in Wye Mills, at 2 p. m. Sun­day, April 10.

The free and non­par­ti­san event will be con­ducted by Leagues of Women Vot­ers serv­ing Caro­line, Dorch­ester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties in ad­vance of the pri­mary elec­tion tak­ing place April 1421 and 26. The pub­lic may sub­mit writ­ten ques­tions to the can­di­dates as part of the pro­gram.

The 1st Con­gres­sional Dis­trict in­cludes all of Mary­land’s East­ern Shore and parts of sev­eral other coun­ties. It is rep­re­sented by Andy Har­ris, a res­i­dent of Har­ford County. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Har­ris, now com­plet­ing his third term, is be­ing chal­lenged by Repub­li­can op­po­nents Michael Smigiel, a for­mer state del­e­gate and Ce­cil res­i­dent; Sean Jack­son, a com­man­der of the state police; and Jonathan Goff, a Har­ford res­i­dent who also chal­lenged Har­ris in 2014.

Democrats vy­ing for that party’s Con­gres­sional nom­i­na­tion are Jim Ire­ton and Joe Werner. Ire­ton, of Wi­comico, is an ed­u­ca­tor who has served as a coun­cil­man and mayor of Sal­is­bury. Werner is a lawyer and res­i­dent of Har­ford.

All can­di­dates will re­spond within time lim­its to league ques­tions given them in ad­vance, then en­ter­tain queries from the au­di­ence.

Pri­maries in Mary­land are closed, which means that per­sons reg­is­tered in a party will be se­lect­ing can­di­dates only from among those in their party.

Signs will di­rect vot­ers to the Cad­bury Au­di­to­rium, in the Kent/Hu­man­i­ties build­ing on the Ch­e­sa­peake cam­pus. For more in­for­ma­tion on the pri­mary, which also will se­lect nom­i­nees for pres­i­dent and a Mary­land sen­a­tor, see the League-spon­sored web­site, vote411. org. Site data in­cludes polling lo­ca­tions and early vot­ing op­tions based on the user’s ad­dress.

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